Curcumin – the enemy of inflammation?
Quite possibly! Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre talks with our Toronto chiropractic clients daily about inflammation and pain, especially back pain
and neck pain
, arm pain
and sciatica. Chiropractic care
via an anti-inflammatory nutrition approach is helpful especially when incorporating curcumin, an addition supported by several recent research papers!
CURCUMIN: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-OXIDANT-ENHANCING, SAFE, EFFECTIVE
A recent scoping review (based on 389 citations from 8 different databases)
of evidence about the use of curcumin for inflammation-related condition found a lot of support of the clinical benefit of curcumin for diseases in which inflammation plays a key role like osteoarthritis, metabolic disorders, etc. (1)
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (65 of them)
that examined the impact of turmeric/curcumin on inflammation and oxidation balance found that supplementation significantly reduced inflammatory markers (CRP and IL-6) and improved anti-oxidant activity, boosting the body’s inflammation/oxidation balance
Another analysis of randomized controlled trials (29 of them centered on 5 kinds of arthritis – ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and gout/hyperuricemia)
made known the safety of using curcumin as well as the improvement with respect to pain and inflammation’s severity
An additional analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials expressly focused on the effects of curcumin on osteoarthritis concluded that curcumin and curcuma longa extract may be safer and more valuable supplements for osteoarthritis than NSAIDs and placebo
. Moreover, the adverse effects of curcumin were comparable to those of placebo, making it a safer option. In fact, when compared to NSAIDs, another commonly utilized treatment for osteoarthritis, curcumin compared with NSAIDs was found to have similar effects on joint pain, function, and stiffness but with a lesser incidence of adverse events
So why not give this natural alternative a chance? Let’s talk about it at your next Toronto chiropractic appointment.
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